Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is a safe, effective procedure performed to restore a more youthful appearance and give a less fatigued look, while maintaining or even improving visual function. Blepharoplasty is one of the most common facial rejuvenation procedures performed. It generally involves the removal of excess skin and fat around the eyelids. In today's workplace, more women and men are increasingly seeking eyelid surgery to restore a younger appearance, helping them to maintain a competitive edge.

When patients come to see Dr. Westine seeking facial plastic surgery, it's not uncommon for them to focus on a single aspect of their appearance rather than the overall picture. Blepharoplasty alone is not always the answer to redundant skin about the eyes. Premature aging and dropping of the brow can cause a tired, angry look with frown lines and sagging skin. It is not uncommon for patients who come to Dr. Westine for evaluation of the eyelid area to simultaneously discuss a brow lift.

Along with baggy eyelid skin, an additional source of concern is textural or surface changes (fine little lines) in the skin around the eyes. Although some improvement in facial wrinkles can be obtained from a blepharoplasty, it will not address all the superficial lines that come from premature aging, overexposure to weather, and genetics. Blepharoplasty addresses excess skin and fat; skin resurfacing such as chemical peels and laser surgery addresses textural wrinkles and imperfections. Dr. Westine often recommends the use of Botox or Dysport alone or in concert with surgery to soften many of the wrinkles around the eyes like the “crow’s feet,” giving a more relaxed appearance.

As Dr. Westine is a board certified facial plastic surgeon, trained to perform plastic surgery exclusively on faces and necks, he knows the importance of not only evaluating areas of concern but also the motivation behind the requests. Some patients that are not ready for cosmetic surgery are better served with more conservative measures, such as Botox, fillers, and lower energy laser treatments. Patients who educate themselves about facial rejuvenation know when and if the time is right to proceed.

When discussing rejuvenation procedures the best place to start is by looking at before-and-after photos to see just what can be accomplished. As you will see in the photos, patients often ask to combine an eyelid lift with other cosmetic surgery. Facelifts, chin implants , rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), otoplasty (ear surgery), laser surgery, facial graft/transfer, and lip surgery can also be performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty.

At your initial consultation, Dr. Westine evaluates your bony and soft tissue architecture as well as the form and function of the eyes. Assessment of the upper and lower eyelids along with the eyes themselves provides the basis for what one may expect from blepharoplasty. Skin type, ethnic background, and age, along with the degree of deformity and function are important factors influencing the outcome of surgery.

As with all facial plastic surgery, a thorough health assessment and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Your understanding of procedures, routines, and risks is essential to a successful final result. Following your consultation, we continue our discussion at the preoperative appointment.

The success and safety of your blepharoplasty depends very much on your complete candidness during your initial consultation. Dr. Westine will ask a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries

Dr. Westine may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of arm lift surgery and any risks or potential complications

The Surgery

  • In House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1-2 hours duration
  • Post Op visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Minimal Discomfort
  • Bruising 1-2 weeks

For examples of the before-and-after results of eyelid surgery performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.

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